★★★★ (Excellent)

Biga on the Banks

Jun 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Big celebrations, buzzy business dinners, romantic trysts—Biga brings the glamour and a menu to match (all the better if you can get a perch on the balcony over the river). Our fave rave this visit: wild game packets on radicchio and Bibb, chicken-fried oysters on beet “noodles,” and an…

Come & Take It BBQ

Jun 21, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Who could pass up that directive? Service is cafeteria style in the giant barn, offering brisket, pulled pork, sausage, sometimes burgers, and—lucky for us when we visited—pork ribs. Tempted by all, we found the pulled pork to be moist and oh so slightly sweet, the brisket perfect and pink-rimmed, and…

LeRoy & Lewis

May 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The siren call of smoked meat brings young parents with ebullient toddlers, seniors with winsome dogs, and pretty much every age in between to trailers scattered in empty lots throughout the city. This one, helmed by Evan LeRoy, the former pitmaster at Freedmen’s, is definitely attracting the Instagrammers, who snap…

CLOSED – Flores Barbecue

Dec 15, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

After drawing record crowds at his Whitney location (a TM Top 50 choice), Michael Wyont relocated to Cowtown and parked a beautiful new trailer near Mellow Johnny’s at the Trailhead at Clearfork. Sitting beside the Trinity River, the trailer wows its new audience with post oak–smoked brisket, ribs, house-made sausage,…

The Pit Room

Sep 25, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

The Pit Room is still in its early phases. They plan to add dinner hours soon, and the menu will continue to grow. Look for some of the items next door at Jackson’s Watering Hole, which Sambrooks also owns. You might remember that name as the bar where Pappa Charlie’s…

Truth Barbeque

May 10, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

The slices of meat are juicy, salty, and incredibly tender, while the smokiness lurks in the background.

CLOSED – King’s Hwy Brew & Q

Apr 25, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

If you’re bored with barbecue, this is the place to find something new. And it also might be the joint that we look back on as the birthplace of San Antonio-style of barbecue.

The Witt Pit BBQ

Mar 3, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

Pitmaster Randy Witt does an admirable job of getting the superb smoked chicken and giant spare ribs tender, without drying them out.

18th & Vine Barbeque

Dec 3, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

18th & Vine Barbecue it is a restaurant where you can get good barbecue and take the picky in-laws who value reservations, a full bar, and a steak.

The Smoking Oak

Nov 12, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

This is barbecue that makes you want to close your eyes so your mouth doesn’t get distracted.

Heim Barbecue

Oct 15, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

The brisket needs no adornment. It has great flavor and is imbued with melted fat to the point of decadence.

La Barbecue

Oct 6, 2015 By Texas Monthly

While some spend their Saturday mornings seeking the must indulgent brunch, others line up here. The crowd can be monumental, but if you get there 30 minutes to an hour before La B opens, at 11, you’ll find a veritable bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow. Brisket…

Kolacny Bar-B-Q

Sep 15, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

This barbecue joint does not exist. No, this is not the start of a philosophical argument over what is and isn’t real. What we mean to say is that we thought this category of barbecue joint—“the unknown”—was gone forever. The “unknown” is a place that we would characterize as a “hidden gem,” a restaurant that…

Southern Q BBQ

Aug 19, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

An edited version of the menu is painted on the building, and the quotations around “homemade” sausage are accurate. The Garners have worked with a local meat market to make sausage to their specifications, and the result is worth the effort. It’s got a punch of seasonings that go beyond…

Smoke Shack BBQ

Apr 14, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Each bite of the tender and meaty rib pulled away from the bone with ease. They were a competition barbecuer’s dream, complete with a glaze so sweet and buttery it was hard to know if it was meant for a cake or meat.

BBQ Godfather

Feb 21, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Spring, Texas is evidently large enough for more than one great food truck. This town of 50,000 just north of Houston has been home to Corkscrew BBQ, a Texas Monthly Top 50 selection, since 2011. Now, just five minutes east is a new food truck park where BBQ Godfather sits…

Terry Black’s Barbecue

Jan 15, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s a good sign when the lean brisket is still juicy in the middle of the afternoon. The juiciness was evident on the cutting block where my order was deconstructed from hulking chunk of jet black brisket. As promised, they cook with all wood here (to the ire…

Schmidt Family Barbecue

Jul 21, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Two of the most famous barbecue joints in the state, Kreuz Market and Smitty’s, had put aside their differences. In a show of family unity, they partnered and created a bright, new, shiny barbecue joint in Bee Cave, just west of Austin.

Kerlin BBQ

Jun 16, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Kerlin BBQ is a solid barbecue contender, even in the extremely competitive market of Austin, Texas. 

4-T’s Bar-B-Q

Apr 14, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

It is hard to pick a favorite, but the pulled pork is about as good as you can get. A bad bite couldn’t be found.

CLOSED – Hatfield’s BBQ

May 14, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Meals are served up on nifty little cedar planks (no red plastic here), and patrons can eat at the tall tables inside or snag a picnic bench outside in the beer garden.